Nadal hails Federer record
Originally published on: 23/06/10 15:43
Rafael Nadal believes Roger Federer’s record of successive grand slam semi-final appearances is a benchmark that will never be beaten.
The Swiss had racked up a remarkable 23 consecutive appearances in the last four of majors dating back to the 2004 French Open before he fell to Robin Soderling in the quarter-finals at Roland Garros at the start of this month.
Asked which of Federer’s records is his most impressive, Nadal replied: “Every one. Every one is amazing. If I have to say something, 23 semi-finals in a row at grand slams.”
He added: “Because it is five-six years, playing all four grand slams. You can have no injury, not one bad day, so it is amazing. That’s my feeling.
“So 23 semi-finals in a row, in my opinion, it is impossible to do it another time.”
Nadal joined Federer in the second round at SW19 on Tuesday with a straight-sets win over Kei Nishikori of Japan, a match which presented the Spaniard with a much easier workout than that faced by the top seed a day earlier.
Federer admitted to being in “disarray” during Monday’s dramatic victory over Alejandro Falla, which saw the defending champion come perilously close to a first-round exit.
World number 60 Falla took the opening two sets and then secured three break points to put himself in position to serve for the match, before eventually succumbing in five sets.
Asked for his views on Federer’s brush with disaster, Nadal said: “Well, it was close. Always I say the first round is very difficult.
“Normally for him it is easier than for the rest of the other players because he plays his normal tennis here on grass. He needs to adapt his game less than the rest of the players. But Falla is a great player and he had his chance.”